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Ray H

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  1. Best of luck, I had a stent fitted after a Heart Attack that gave me no noticeable warning symptoms nearly 17 years ago so I can understand how you feel. The thing that amazed me was just how long it took to get back to normal. I never returned to work full time (thanks to my then chief who said I could work from home and only go into the office when I felt that I could) and retired about 5 years later. At least the NHS have a record of your "problem" so you're probably better off than all those who don't know what's around the next corner, so to speak.
  2. They look like they may be were 0.47Ω resistors. You may be able to confirm that when you remove the two damaged items. I would be tempted to suggest that they may not be the only components that have blown. If the current was enough to scorch the resistors it may have been enough to pop some other components as well.
  3. Andy, I'm not your the world is ready for a video of (you in) your shorts.
  4. The LR gradient track is now pinned down to what for the time being I'll call Clock Corner. I've also made another (terrible) video - For those new to this thread, the train starts from what will be the BR/LR interchange station (Westbury Crossing) - the BR track is at the same level but on the far side of our train. There will shortly be a slight climb (ultimately this will be "hidden") to enable the LR track to cross the BR track slightly above baseboard level. Once across the BR track - which then drops back to baseboard level to continue to Westbury Crossing- the LR begins to climb in earnest until the track levels off as it emerges (eventually) from the back of the hidden sidings to pass through what will become the Halt at Tingewick with its single siding served factory (for what is not currently decided). Below and slightly in front of the LR track is the BR track as it too emerges from the low level hidden sidings heading for Westbury Crossing. The LR track continues initially at the same level beyond Tingewick as it crosses the lifting access flap/board then resumes climbing en-route to its current limit of "steel" at Clock Corner. Shortly - i.e. within the next few feet - the LR track will pass over the two lower tracks - which will probably have already delved into the mirk of the hidden sidings staging yard - and finally reach Gawcott. Ironically, apart from a spin or two around the BR track earlier in the week by the railcar - the 2-4-0 is the only loco so far to have appeared on the layout and, most definitely, the only loco to have traversed the LR tracks even though ultimately said loco will only ever journey along the BR tracks. I've started trimming the edge of the cork back on the running lines in readiness for ballasting but I need to save up the pennies for the amount I'll need . I really must get back to wiring up the club's control panels because they take up a lot of space and have to be shifted temporarily onto the dining room table (with SWMBO's agreement) to give me free access to the layout.
  5. Thanks for that update. I used to use that route on a Friday afternoon but deviated via Newton Longville whilst Whaddon Road was closed. The last time I looked at the Roadworks website there was an inference that Whaddon Road would remain closed until the end of May for road re-surfacing (or similar). Mention of Newton Longville reminds me that when crossing the bridge over the railway on the other Whaddon Road to the northwest of Newton Longville last Friday, I thought I caught a glimpse of something on the track bed that might just have been rails - there was definitely something rusty looking down there but I wasn't going to crane my head around to take a second look when doing 50mph in the car.
  6. The first job today was to add the embankment to the access flap. I shall add the cork to this tomorrow and if all goes well pin some track down from the piece just visible towards top right of the picture. This section was originally going to restart the climb towards Gawcott but I decided that it would stay level until it was off the flap so that it didn't cause any problems when the flap was folded back. I also managed to build the embankment almost up to where it will cross over the lower two tracks. My original plan way back when was to hide the inclined track behind a false backscene but I had comments that encouraged me to drop that idea and leave it visible. Prior to actually building the embankment I was hoping to have a grass slope from upper to lower track but, especially as the embankment gets higher, the slope of the grass would look unbelievable - I think it is probably much steeper than the banks through Tring Cutting unless someone knows something different - grass would certainly be quicker to "plant". That said, the lower tracks move away from the embankment as the height difference increases so it might not look that unrealistic after all. That leaves me with the original idea albeit with the top of the backscene being low enough for the trains on the embankment to be seen or, having a brick wall laying slightly backward towards the top or, having a stone wall.
  7. Thanks for the above responses. The ply is currently glued and clamped up and will stay that way until tomorrow. I will be pilot drilling the holes as failing to do that previously did split a couple of the blocks. The split visible in one of the pictures above happened after everything was in place and another block split this morning. I need to choose some different screws for the hinges. The hinge holes are countersunk but the screws I've been using still remain proud of the holes. Fortunately I've found some screws in my cupboard that will sit flush. The embankment is now in place to just beyond our domestic gas pipe as well as now being in place on the access flap. I shall probably extend the embankment round to the point where it will cross the two lower tracks next as the bin men are due tomorrow and they can take away the various mis-shapes of the Kingspan I'm now having to use as I've exhausted my supply of extruded polystyrene.
  8. It is funny that you should suggest that . . . . . . I have some 15mm wide Birch ply strips and had thought about doing just as you suggest. However, I wasn't too sure about the glue although they do say that the glue is stronger than the wood itself and hadn't progressed with it.. The present arrangement with the ply base (and the relatively small space between the tracks) tends to limit the width of the pillars so that the bolts can be removed and, equally importantly, the railcar's overhang at its ends doesn't come into contact with the pillar. I'll laminate some plywood today and leave it clamped up until tomorrow and see what can be done. In the meantime I'll carry on creating the LR's (inclined) track base alongside the garage wall. Thanks for stirring me into action.
  9. Amazingly though, it may be flexible but it always seems to line up exactly at the un-hinged end so I suppose that I should consider myself lucky. I could use some deeper timber for the vertical blocks but it seems a waste to by a 1.8m, 2m or 2.4m and only want four pieces each about 60mm long. If needs must I suppose I'll just have to.
  10. I'm still worried that the current hinged access flap method isn't robust enough. I did toy with the idea of splitting the flap in two, with one part fixed to each of the two baseboard ends. I've now looked closer at that idea which would result in one part of the flap being much larger than the other and the part attached to the present position would still protrude into the access "way" into the rest of the garage like it does at present. Besides that I've never knowingly seen two flaps joined together elsewhere and there'd be a bit of faffing about to join the two parts securely before trains can run across that join. The wooden blocks that the hinges are currently affixed to were cut from wood that I had in stock (and I note one has already split). This limited the hinge size and there is a fair amount of play in the hinges. These blocks stand on 15mm thick plywood pieces to (a) lift the hinges clear of the tracks once the raised LR track is fixed to the flap, and (b) to make fixing the blocks and plywood pieces in position easier - i.e. the avoid the need to grovel around under the baseboard. You'll note that some of the plywood pieces have had to be shaped to prevent contact with the overhanging ends of the railcars. I also looked at extending the "Tingewick board" a bit closer to the door to reduce the flap size but then realised that's why the board is the current length - because any longer would restrict the access "way" into the garage. I will admit that the present arrangement is more convenient than simply laying the flap on one of the other boards when not in use but that couldn't last once scenery gets started, although knowing me, that won't be too soon. Having just been into the garage to take the two pictures I wonder whether I'm overthinking this partly because the flap's construction, which seems sturdy and rigid enough, is significantly lighter than a solid piece of wood I've experienced elsewhere and just feels too light, something I might be grateful for as I get older .
  11. Dodgy cable? Try detaching the ProCab throttle lead from the handset. Next depress and keep depressed the Select Loco button whilst you plug the ProCab bag in. The display should then show the Cab No. flashing. Release the Select Loco button and change the Cab No. to 3 (for example) and press Enter. From memory you should now be able to unplug the ProCab again and immediately re-connect it. I think you may also be able to simply press the Esc key after you pressed Enter but I can't remember with any certainty.
  12. I'd like it to stay as far above the other board as it can when at rest but that would put it into head banging territory. I did have thoughts of cutting the flap into two parts with each part hinged on their nearest baseboard. That would at least stop the large protrusions into the working area at the expense of having to have a strong link between the two parts where they join. It works as it is but the hinged area doesn't instil the greatest amount of faith in its fixing as the baseboard is so thin. I fear that I'm going to have to take a fresh look at it.
  13. Ray H

    Little Muddle

    It's almost as though the adult and child who are on the bridge are stuck there. They've been there so long!
  14. The lifting flap is done! You'll have to take my word that there is track on the other side of the flap even if it is only the BR track - the LR track currently ends just before the flap starts. The flap no longer needs to be supported on a broom handle as I have added a rest screwed to the outside of the long edge of the baseboard it is connected to - just behind the chair back seen in the picture. That works OK currently but isn't necessarily the final option should I reach the giddy heights of adding scenery to the flap! There may also be a problem if I re-start the incline on the flap so I may decide that the elevated LR track stays more or less level until it is clear of the flap. I left a train trundling around the continuous track for some while yesterday, reversing the loco and the direction from time to time. There may now be a short intermission as I need to plod on with the club's control panel wiring.
  15. Thanks. I must renew my efforts for fixing the access flap in place. So far it looks as though I can do that using fixings already to hand. I've just cut the wood to fix the hinges to. Those pieces of wood will be fixed to some further pieces (also now cut) with that "assembly" - something akin to an inverted capital "T" - being bolted to the baseboard on one side and screwed to flap on the other. Why the difference you may well ask? The baseboard is only 6mm thick so I'll fit washers on either side (top/bottom surfaces) to spread the load. The flap on the other hand is two pieces of 6mm ply either side of some 18mm square framing and the screws have much more to bite into. Who know how far I'll have got by the end of the day?
  16. I've tightened the curve radius a tad to widen the gap between trains and the wall. The new crossing is now in situ and the various lengths of track lifted to accommodate it are fixed back down and all wired up again. I've also fixed the track down from the crossing to Tingewick and the first train has run to Tingewick. I was a bit disappointed that there wasn't a welcoming committee . It can't go any further currently as the track beyond the frog on the point hasn't been wired, neither has the siding. That'll be today's first job and then I want to see what I can do with the lift-in access flap, the hinges for which arrived last week.
  17. Indeed If anything, I'll probably tighten the radius a little more.
  18. I'd already lifted all the track that I thought needed to come up so today's been largely spent re-arranging the inclined sections either side of the crossing's new position. The existing gradient was cut back to accommodate the crossing (at its level of 12mm (plus cork) off the baseboard). The piece cut off was turned through 180° so that it forms the start of the downward grade of the BR track that provides the continuous run. The other side of the crossing, much of it on a curve, had to get over the back corner of the traverser so that gradient is more or less in two parts divided by the slightly flatter section over the traverser. I had hoped to progress the crossing build as well today but the above took most of the day with the little time available towards the end used for relaying the lifted track across the bottom of the garage and up to where the crossing will start. The previous outer curve in this area was frequently tested with the 2-4-0T which managed to (just) keep clear of the garage wall. The outer curve's new alignment near the wall is closer and alerted me to check clearance for the railcars. These will be the longest vehicles so their overhang was a potential problem waiting to happen. I'm glad I checked because I had to tighten the radius slightly to allow the railcars to pass. T'is a bit close even after tightening the radius. The wall surface would make a good "rock" face in other situations.
  19. Thanks for that. Now I know. I've been looking for XPS (Extruded Polystyrene) as I have a little remaining from a purchase several years ago. Can I find any (in smaller sized sheets), can I heck. That's why I end up with the Kingspan. Likewise the expanded polystyrene. Plenty of 8' x 4' sheets locally but no 4' x 2' or similar. I did think about buying a big sheet and taking it out to the car park and breaking it into smaller pieces but decided that the smaller bits would have made a mess in the car. I bought some knife style jigsaw blades and started off alright with the Kingspan but after a short while the cut started to wander and I resorted to a hand saw which was more successful than the jigsaw despite that fact that I can't seem to cut anything straight/vertical. At least I can (and did) use a rasp to get the shape I wanted.
  20. You could even have a door off its hinges. Now where have I seen that modelled?
  21. 'Morning M'lord (Bodgit) Could you take the half inch off the back of the building if you're building it in low relief form?
  22. Thanks Martin. I'll try to remember that for the future. No offense meant if I say that I trust I won't need to use it again now the plan looks workable - but I've said that before. . . .
  23. Option 3 above looks to be a winner. Here's the long crossing. The tracks don't quite line up with the existing ones just off the bottom of the picture but it doesn't really matter as they're plain track anyway. The bottom left track is the LR track to Tingewick (and the curve just visible on the plan is curved to get around the garage's brick pillar). The LR track needs to by about 10mm off the baseboard top by the time it has cleared the crossing to match with the present gradient's height, either that or I need to make the gradient steeper. My current thinking is for the two tracks to start to climb as they leave Westbury Siding station until they're at the level that matches that of the crossing. The incline will re-commence climbing once clear of the crossing whilst the BR track will drop back down to the baseboard top. The pink shaded area just visible in the above picture is the corner of the traverser. The infringement is about the same size as present. However, the new scheme, where both tracks will climb gracefully out of Westbury Sidings station to obtain the height of the crossing, means that instead of a piece of thin steel plate to support the tracks I should now be able to get a piece of 6mm plywood (plus?) over the traverser's corner. And just to complete the overall picture . . . . This shows where I've pinched about an inch between the current track edge and the baseboard edge. This has kept the traverser infringement to no worse than now and, as a bonus, has allowed the radius of both curves to be increased by at least an inch. The two missing parts at the top of the plan are probably because Templot staggers adjacent sheets and doesn't seem to be able to print a page that starts before its left margin. It's no loss here because it's plain track that can be guided by the bits of the plan that have been printed. Most if not all of the track shown in the above pictures will be under Gawcott or behind the bridge carrying the LR up the last of the grade into Gawcott.
  24. Option 3. There's less intrusion onto the traverser, a kind of halfway house between the previous two options. I shall now print the relevant part out and see what it looks like on the baseboard. The straight crossing has an additional benefit. It moves the crossing more centrally and, thus, making it easier to access although I'd hope that removing its curves makes the crossing less of a potential problem area.
  25. I've been doodling. The first idea (above) is to move the crossing round to the back of the traverser where it can basically be two straight tracks crossing each other. The main disadvantage is not so much that it will lose more of the rear corner of the traverser - the back two sidings were only ever planned to hold railcars - more that it requires even more of an unsupported length of the inner curve's track across the traverser's corner. It might be possible to increase the radius of the inner curve slightly to reduce the intrusion. The second idea does away with a crossing as such and uses two separate points almost back to back - the crossing angle of the curved point is 1:20 which maintains a minimum radius of 39". It narrows the distance between the two tracks around the curve which will help to reduce the width of the bridge/tunnel mouth where the track above crosses them. An unintentional by-product is that it would become possible to leave Westbury Crossing station on either track and access a continuous run by staying on the baseboard floor rather then climbing up towards Tingewick. This option does reduce the intrusion onto traverser but does have the disadvantage that it introduces two further points with all the risks of derailments at the back of the traverser. There's no noticeable difference in the gradient start point in either option. At the moment I'm favouring the first option. On the baseboards themselves I think I can push the outer curve even further out and with a small reduction in the distance between the tracks, I think I can reduce the traverser intrusion. I have no intention of having moving trains on both curves at the same time so I don't really need to worry too much about the track spacing. Back to the doodling.
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